Aries (March 21-April 19): Your headstrong nature is so cushioned in personal charm that your ram horns are practically a secret. Therefore, your Halloween alter ego is a horned creature, perhaps a Pokemon or something of the devilish variety. Taurus (April 20-May 20): As the sign of appetite, your Halloween alter ego fits perfectly with the trend of dressing as cute foods — especially a cupcake, pizza slice or taco. As for your own appetites, they are very much in control today. Gemini (May 21-June 21): Being part of a duo is always lucky for the Gemini twins, and your Halloween alter ego may include a friend who can be Trump to your Clinton or Harley Quinn to your Joker. Cancer (June 22-July 22): Your Halloween alter ego will embrace your lunar roots in the form of the puppies and wolves who howl at the moon, as well as werewolves, cat people and shape-shifters beholden to the lunar cycle. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Your Halloween alter ego will speak to the charisma you share with your celebrity counterparts. Who could you impersonate? A Kardashian or a Bieber or perhaps a wild Cyrus? Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Your verbal acumen might make its way into costume form with a punny suit-up. It’s fun to figure out how you might embody the Whip and Nae Nae or Jon Snow White. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): Your Halloween alter ego will promote justice, just like you do in your own way every single day. So the question is: What superhero do you most relate to? Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): You’re more apt to visit the spooky side of things this Halloween, and your meticulous way with makeup could make for a chilling zombie or a haunting Day of the Dead skeleton. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You’re the pioneering adventurer of the zodiac, and your Halloween alter ego should tap into your intergalactic sensibilities. No alien, astronaut or “Star Trek” character is off-limits. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Your power-player status connects you with the royals of the ages, real and imagined. Your Halloween alter ego has the stature of Cleopatra, King Tut, the Queen of Hearts or Prince Charming. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You understand the world through studying history and the way humans have evolved through it. Your Halloween alter ego will celebrate a different period of time, such as the Roaring ‘20s or the free-loving ‘60s. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Imagination is heightened for you this Halloween, as the sun heads toward an alignment with your guiding planet. Your Halloween alter ego will embrace the mystical in forms such as mermaids, fairies, gods and goddesses.
To write to Holiday Mathis, visit www.creators.com/author/ holiday-mathis and click “Contact.” DEAR ABBY >> My 34-year-old daughter, “Martha,” is a single mom. I adore my granddaughter. Martha needs me to give her $500 a month, plus cover emergencies (new tires, hospital bills for baby, etc.) in order to get by. She has said repeatedly that she wants to have another baby before she’s 35.
Abby, it’s a financial burden to help her as much as we have. My husband (her stepdad) believes, along with me, that we should help until her finances improve. Martha is awash in student debt and has a low-paying job. She lives 12 hours away, so we have to fly out to see them, which means we don’t see them often.
My question: How can I tell her that having a second baby when she can’t support the first is something I can’t handle financially? I am becoming resentful. Our retirement has been dismal because all our money is going to her.
My daughter has a hairtrigger temper and would use access to my granddaughter as leverage to keep the money coming. I’m appalled that she’s in this position and upset that I have to pay for her choices. — Appalled in Ohio
DEAR APPALLED >> You DON’T have to pay for your daughter’s choices. Tell Martha that as an adult it is HER responsibility — not yours — to provide for herself and her child, and that if she becomes pregnant before her finances improve to the point that she’s self-supporting, not to expect one more penny from you.
Please consider starting to reduce the amount you give her and set a deadline beyond which you will no longer supplement her income. Martha may need to find a second job, but that’s better than you spending all your retirement money shouldering her responsibilities.
Expect her to be angry. If she threatens to blackmail you with access to your grandchild, tell her that the person she’ll be punishing is the little one, not you, and stick to your guns.
DEAR ABBY >> My husband has purchased different pieces of equipment over the years. He recently bought a small tractor that he’s very proud of and enjoys using around our property. He also has purchased a large trailer that he often uses to haul his equipment and other things.
His problem is friends who seem to think they can help themselves to his stuff. They actually have the audacity to say, “I may borrow your tractor, trailer, etc., tomorrow.” I find this to be rude in that they are not asking — they are TELLING him they will.
I told him to say he doesn’t loan his equipment out, but he can’t seem to be able to say that. Do you have a good comeback that he could use without offending his friends?
— Frazzled wife
DEAR FRAZZLED >> You, not your husband, appear to be the person with the problem. Nowhere in your letter did you mention that HE thinks he has one. If he resents what these friends are doing, a solution might be for him to tell them to talk to YOU about borrowing the equipment, so you can refuse for him.
A NOTE TO PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN: If your little ones will be out trickor-treating tonight, please be sure they are supervised to assure their safety.
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